It can be difficult to stay current with the ever-“evolving” TSA airport rules and regulations.
Here is a list of what is permissible and non-permissible on a commercial airline flight out of PHL or any other airport:
- The basics: Clothing, shoes, toiletries (such as a toothbrush or comb) and accessories.
- Liquids: Liquids (including gels) are allowed on a flight only if they are in containers that are 3 ounces or smaller. All containers have to be in a large plastic bag. They are required to be separate from your other belongings so they can be checked at security.
- Medications: Remember that you must have your prescription with you. Make every effort to keep your medication in the original packaging.
- Baby formula/Breast milk: If these items are more than three ounces remember to declare them before you go through security. Once you do that taking them on your flight is a non-issue.
- Homemade goods: If you’re planning on bringing homemade goods like pies or cakes on a flight during the holidays, you can bring them through security. Understand, they still may be subjected to additional screening.
Understand that most of the following items are a no-brainer. If you bring ANYTHING that can be construed as a weapon you are going to get pulled out of line for further screening. There is a pretty good chance that you are going to get arrested.
Double-check your bags before you leave for the airport. If you “just forgot” or were “careless” no one in TSA, or local, state or Federal law enforcement will be even remotely sympathetic.
- Sporting goods: Baseball bats, pool cues, lacrosse sticks, hockey sticks, ski poles, golf clubs, bows and arrows, etc.
- Tools: Hammers, crow bars, wrenches, nails, axes, screwdrivers, hatchets, saws, etc.
- Sharp objects: Razors (both disposable razors and razor tools), ice picks, box cutters, swords, scissors, meat cleavers, etc. Why would anyone need to bring a meat cleaver on a flight?
- Guns/Firearms: These include BB guns, pellet guns, compressed air guns, ammunition, flares, gun powder, replicas, and flare guns. If you actually think a firearm won’t get noticed you might as well bring your own handcuffs.
- Martial arts items: Brass knuckles, night sticks, throwing stars, nunchaku, stun guns, billy clubs, etc. Seriously, do you want to have that conversation with the FBI?
There are a few obvious items that you simply cannot bring into an airport including:
- Flammable items: Fuels, gasoline, lighter fluid, flammable paints, paint thinner, etc.
- Chemicals: Liquid bleach, tear gas, batteries, chlorine, spray paint, etc.
And every year there is always a small headline about someone who got caught with any of the above non-permissible items.